This is a 29 year Longmorn from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was distilled in 1985 and aged in an refill ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 58.5% ABV.
Nose: Very musty malt with notes of pine up front – pears, peaches, strawberries, and wax candies develop shortly after. Crushed mint leaves and french vanilla show up as it sits a bit longer.
Palate: Great thick and oily mouthfeel – earthy malt bolstered by strawberry jolly ranchers, cantaloupe, and faint notes of heather.
Finish: Vanilla, honey, and black pepper.
Rating: 88/100 – A solid older Longmorn that doesn’t rely on heavy sherry influence to shine.
Value for the money: This one came out a couple years ago, and I don’t remember what it cost at release when we split it, but I’d venture to guess based on typical pricing this was probably around $240 or so. I wouldn’t want to buy a full bottle at that price.